INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

When buying fresh ginger, look for plump roots that are not wrinkled. Don't be tempted to substitute fresh ginger for ground ginger or vice versa.

Storage

Store fresh root ginger in the fridge. Ground ginger should be replaced frequently as, like other dried spices, it quickly loses its pungency when ground.

Preparation

Fresh ginger can be used finely chopped, grated, crushed to give a ginger juice, or simply sliced. In South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent, fresh ginger is frequently added to curry pastes and it is often cooked with fish dishes in China. In Europe, dried ginger is more frequently used in baking, as in the classic parkin of northern England.